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Citing diminished supplies for power users and farmers, a giant water district has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt a recent decision by U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to bolster flows to Northern California's once-roaring Trinity River. Lawyers for the Westlands Water District, which supplies water to more than half a million acres of some of the world's richest farmland, filed their complaint last Friday in U.S. District Court in Fresno.
December 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
Four decades after the remote Trinity River was dammed and diverted to pour water into California's farm belt, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Tuesday cut the flow to growers to keep more water in the north. In emotional ceremonies on the ancestral lands of the 4,000-member Hoopa tribe, Babbitt said his decision fulfilled a pledge he made in 1993 to the Hoopa and Yurok tribes, which have economic and cultural ties to the river and the salmon that swim in it. "This wasn't just a project.
As the clock runs out on the Clinton administration, one of U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt's last key decisions is expected to be whether to dramatically increase the flow of Northern California's once-roaring Trinity River. His choice could pit the interests of farmers and power users against American Indian tribes and a struggling tourism industry.
January 2, 1992 | From Associated Press
Flood-weary residents were forced to spend the first day of 1992 ferrying more belongings from their swamped homes and waiting for the Trinity River to stop rising. The Trinity looked more like a sprawling lake Wednesday in the Liberty area east of Houston, where water was reported in at least 100 homes. And along the Brazos River southwest of Houston, about 200 homes were reported inundated Wednesday afternoon. "This is not fun. I'm ready to go home.
January 1, 1992 | From Associated Press
The Brazos and Trinity rivers continued to rise Tuesday, swamping homes and roads and forcing evacuations. At Liberty, about 50 miles northeast of Houston, the Trinity was at 29.02 feet Tuesday, five feet above flood stage. Emergency officials said there was water in at least 100 homes, and about 50 people were staying at a Red Cross shelter. Residents along the Trinity were threatened by additional releases from Lake Livingston Dam, about 50 miles to the north.
May 24, 1990 | From United Press International
The Ouachita River raged downstream in Arkansas on Wednesday, and the Trinity River crested 6 feet above flood stage in southeast Texas as flooding continued to plague the region. The rain-engorged Ouachita, which flooded Arkadelphia earlier, was advancing on Camden, where the crest was expected to arrive today at 12 feet above flood stage, the National Weather Service said.
May 16, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Residents of low-lying areas along the Trinity River in southeastern Texas braced for the worst as a record 85,000 cubic feet of water per second was released from Lake Livingston to protect the dam there. The river's crest was expected to reach the dam today, and further releases from the reservoir could cause the worst flooding in 80 years.
May 20, 1989 | From United Press International
Parts of Houston were swamped by floodwaters up to 10 feet deep Friday after nearly a week of thunderstorms and tornadoes that left at least nine dead in Texas and Oklahoma. Hundreds of southeast Texas residents remained out of their homes, cut off by floodwaters. The rains had stopped, but a flood warning remained in effect for the San Jacinto River around Houston, the Trinity River and area creeks. "It has continued flooding overnight because of runoff. Several areas in and around Houston already have nine to 10 feet of water but most of the floodwaters are receding, except for the San Jacinto and Greens Bayou," said Sgt. John Emerson of the Harris County sheriff's office.
November 23, 1988 | Associated Press
Environmentalists have won a federal court order halting logging of $1.6 million worth of salvage timber along the south fork of the Trinity River in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton issued a 45-page preliminary injunction Monday, preventing the logging of 18.4 million board-feet of lumber until a trial settles the case.
July 10, 1985 | Associated Press
Thousands of dead fish turned up along a 50-mile stretch of the Trinity River, possibly because recent rains had stirred up sewage sediment on the river bottom, suffocating the fish, a wildlife expert said Tuesday. The major fish kill last weekend is being studied by state and federal officials, who are still counting the dead. The kill will likely surpass a series of 1984 kills that wiped out 171,000 fish, fishery biologist Allen Forsage of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said.
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